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Join us in Iowa for General Assembly

Worship, learning, fellowship and business all make up the biennial gathering of the General Church. Come early for one of the pre-events offered by Green Chalice, Phillips Theological Seminary, Disciples Alliance Q and Disciples Church Extension.

Join in the celebration beginning at 1:30 pm on Saturday, July 20, in the Iowa Events Center’s arena. Meet Disciples from across all expressions of the church and ecumenical and international visitors. Worship and hear inspiring Bible studies and preaching. explore workshops, MissionFest displays, exhibits, and enjoy special meal events and after sessions.

Find out what the general ministries have been doing  and their plans for the future. Register now at ga.disciples.org.

Youth Virtual Choir:

This remote collaboration works by recording your singing and sending it in to us. We’ll stitch together all of the singers into one giant sonic collage debuting at General Assembly. Show the world what God’s doing through your generation.

Escape Room Adventure:

Break out of the workshop mold with this wild and wacky adventure game. You and your team of up to 10 will be “locked” in a church-themed room, with 45 minutes to find clues, solve puzzles and discover keys and combinations to “escape” before your time expires.

Hunger Simulation:

In the Hunger Simulation, you take on the identity of a real person experiencing food insecurity. You have 15 minutes to determine your food budget and get the recommended USDA MyPlate servings of fruits, vegetables, protein, grains, and dairy.

You can do this by shopping at the grocery store, visiting the food pantry, and applying for SNAP benefits at the DHS office. Then, you will reflect on your experience and share with the rest of the group.

A Covenant of Ethics

Thoughts from your Regional Minister

By Renee Bridwell

College of Regional Ministers has been talking about standardizing our common activities, rather than developing processes in 30 different ways. This free-flowing conversation evolved over time into talk of the things that Regional Ministers should expect of one another, especially as related to common tasks like reports, financial administration, and facilitating the search process for congregations seeking pastors. From that, a document has grown that we didn’t realize we needed: An Ethical Covenant for Regional Ministers.

Your Regional Ministers are signing this document, in the accompanying photo (right). With our signatures, we pledge ourselves to high standards in our work as Regional Ministers, and to mutual accountability within the College.

The three of us already operate as a mutually accountable roundtable, calling each other to our best work and to the good of the Christian Church in Kansas. This Ethical Covenant for RMs expands that circle of accountability to our colleagues throughout the whole church.

Most provisions of this document are already native to CCK. It establishes high standards for financial practices. It expects promptness and fairness in facilitating pastoral searches. It expects Regional Ministers to tend to their physical, mental, social, financial, and spiritual well-being in order to serve well, according to the Policies and Criteria for the Order of Ministry.

Most of all, it expects Regional Ministers to take seriously, their role as leaders of the whole church and partners for the General Minister and President, who we treat as a partner adviser with respect to regional matters–similar to ways that Regional Ministers are partner advisers to pastors and leaders.

Pray for us, as we pray for you, that the ministry God has placed in our hands will be fruitful.

Register for KDW Retreat

The 2019 KDW Women’s Retreat is getting closer every day! Join us on October 2- 4 or October 4-6 as we once again gather at Camp Tawakoni to celebrate Faith That Overflows!

NEW: Kirby Gould, Vice President for the North Central Zone of the Christian Church Foundation, will keynote the event. She serves the regions of Kansas, Greater Kansas City, Mid America, and Upper Midwest, assisting Disciples churches in with endowments, permanent funds, investments, planned gifts, and bequests.

Gould grew up in McPherson as an active participant in regional and youth programs. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars across the country.

Additional activities include a painting workshop ($30 extra), massages (extra fee), service projects including paper goods for the camp, stuffed animals and fleece blankets for the Child Advocacy Center, and much more!

Registration cost of $100 includes lodging at the camp, five meals, and program expenses. SAVE! Register by Friday, Sept. 6, to save $15!

Register and pay online below or download a registration form and mail to the Topeka Regional Office. Children are also welcome to attend. Fill out a child registration form here. Registration deadline is Friday, Sept. 6.

Register for October 2-4, 2019 here.
Register for October 4-6, 2019 here.

Kansas Reconciliation projects to receive grants

Half of the funds from the Reconciliation Special Day Offering, received each fall, stay in Kansas to fund anti-racism/pro-reconciliation ministries. Each spring, the Reconciliation committee awards grants to programs and ministries that meet the offering’s purpose and address racism and poverty.

Projects receiving grants are:

Pine Valley Christian Church, Wichita,
Birthday Backpack Program

Birthday backpacks are filled with items a family needs to celebrate a child’s birthday. They are given to economically at-risk children, whose families might not otherwise be able to materially celebrate their child’s special day, providing a message that children are loved and remembered.

Brothers in Blue

Brothers in Blue brings the Good news of Jesus Christ to inmates in Kansas prisons, through biblical teaching and personal testimonies of Christ-empowered heart change. Inmates who attend the program receive bibles and crosses to help them on their faith journey.

CCK Anti-Racism Ministry

Established by the Regional Board, The Anti-Racism/Pro-reconciliation team offers pro-reconciling training, reviews regional policies and structures for embedded institutional racism, and develops anti-racism/pro-reconciliation resources for Kansas congregations.

Tornados in Lewis

Week of Compassion is there to offer assistance

The gaping hole in the roof of the Lewis Christian Church marked the path of the EF-1 tornado that crossed the small rural community in southcentral Kansas late Friday, May 17.

The Lewis Volunteer Firefighters quickly assessed the damage and covered the area where the missing roof and beams exposed the interior of the church sanctuary to the elements.

Meanwhile, inside the sanctuary, additional firefighters and community volunteers moved the chancel furniture, organ, and piano.

Church organist Sheryl Fankhauser praised volunteers for their service, “I can’t say enough about how our firefighters worked to save our church. At one point they only had twenty minutes before the next round of rain and lightning were to arrive.”

The next morning, Pastor Rhonda Glenn contacted Regional Minister Ken Marston with an initial damage survey and within hours, Week of Compassion called with offers of support. The church was given a Solidarity Grant and additional aid was provided to help individual members of the congregation with their damage recovery.

James Michel, Disciples Church Extension, also visited with church leaders to assess the damage and to provide support as the church works with their insurance company and an area contractor. Additional support was offered from Disciples Volunteering and The Pension Fund.

Churches, pastors, and fellowship groups across the Region have contacted the Lewis Christian Church to find out how they can help with needs not covered by insurance.

“At times the feeling of support has become overwhelming; it brings tears to my eyes,” Glenn said. “Our brothers and sisters in Christ have blessed us in our time of need.”

Donate here to Week of Compassion’s disaster relief.

Foster to retire after 37 years

Kathy Foster, the administrative assistant in the Central-High Plains Satellite office, has announced her retirement effective July 31.  She has helped the region transition through many regional changes and has blessed us with her dedication, commitment and gifts.

A retirement reception for Foster will be from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, July 6, in the Great Bend First CC parlor, 5230 Broadway Ave.  All are invited to come as we say farewell. 

Several past and present regional ministers will share stories and commemorate the occasion.

Cards and gifts may be sent to the Central-High Plains office in Great Bend or to the Topeka Regional Office.

Camp Mail Call

Campers love to receive mail from friends and family back home.  Mail time at summer camp is a meaningful time for campers and counselors alike. Letters need to be addressed in the following format to ensure timely delivery. 

Remember, there is no mail delivery on the last day of camp.  Consider sending letters early to ensure your letter’s arrival.

Include the camp session (i.e. Junior 1, Grand Camp 1, CYF Omega, etc.) along with your camper’s name; We often have 2 or 3 camps happening at the same time!

Please do not send food as it is not permitted in the bunk rooms.

For Example:

Camper Name
Camp Session (Junior 1, CYF Omega, Grand Camp 1, etc.)
Disciples Center at Tawakoni
8492 SW Tawakoni Rd.
Augusta, KS 67010-8111

New KDW Coordinator Named

Kansas Disciples Women Coordinator, Barb Runge, will retire as of Nov. 1.  Runge has served as coordinator for 13 years.  A celebration of her ministry is scheduled during the Disciples Women Fall Retreat.

Carla Pearson, Galva Christian Church, will take on the role of KDW Coordinator when Barb retires.

The KDW Coordinator in partnership with the cabinet president assists with the planning of regional retreats and events and keeps us connected with the happenings in the General Church through attendance at annual meetings and the Interregional event every 4 years.

“Carla is bringing a wonderful, caring and invigorating personality to this position. The Cabinet looks forward to working with her,” said Jauna Khan, KDW Cabinet President. “We hope to begin being Women with a mission. We also look forward to planning joint events with the Kansas Disciples Men and have opportunities to work together.”

A lifelong Disciple, Carla grew up in the McPherson First CC where her mother introduced her to Christian Women’s Fellowship. Today, she and her husband Floyd are members of Galva Christian Church where they are active in many areas of the church.

“The women of Kansas have a passion for serving, learning and growing together in Christ’s love,” said Carla. “I am anxious to not only to work with Disciples Women, but Disciples Men as well. I believe together we can do great things and share the love of Christ as we have been called to do.”

KDM Odyssey Experience

The 5 annual Kansas Disciples Men’s Odyssey Experience will begin at 7 p.m. Sept 28, at Tawakoni. 

Originally conceived as a mentorship program, the Men’s Odyssey is an ongoing effort to nurture Christ-like character in men of all ages. 

The retreat introduces participants to an intentional process of reflecting on eight Christ-like character qualities and scriptural teachings:

  • Compassion
  • Faithfulness
  • Generosity
  • Humbleness
  • Respectful
  • Responsible
  • Reliable
  • Self-Controlled. 

Then, participants are encouraged to live out these character traits through a daily act of service. 

Participants receive an eight week “Rule of Life” book designed to help them develop the habits of living the character of Jesus in everyday life.  They also receive a guide for a monthly men’s Odyssey group designed to encourage men to reflect on the nature of our Lord and Savior. 

Come be an Odyssey Man!

Registration available soon.

KDM 2019 Retreat

Director of Disciples Men’s ministries of the General Church, Greg Alexander will facilitate Disciples Men Retreat Sept 27-28 at Tawakoni.

Retired Regional minister of Kentucky, Greg is also the author of “Fellowship of Carpenters” a small group guide for men’s ministries. 

As Associate Regional Minister in Kentucky, he developed men’s ministry resources and worked with ecumenical men’s leaders both nationally and internationally. He will give four presentations on “What it Means to be a Man Today.”

The retreat will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday and conclude shortly after dinner on Saturday. 

A pre-event work project is scheduled for Friday afternoon.  A golf outing Friday afternoon is also scheduled. Pre-registration required. A minimum of four players needed.

Registration available soon.